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September 11, 2001: Words In Remembrance

September 11, 2015
by Susmita Baral
Displayed with permission from iDigital Times

On Sept. 11, 2001, the United States suffered a devastating loss in the 9/11 terrorist attacks that claimed 2,977 American lives. The date is not honored as Remembrance Day to honor the lives lost and those who helped the nation get back on its feet. We have rounded up 9 quotes to honor the deceased:


1. “Sept. 11, 2001 seems destined to be the watershed event of our lives and the greatest test for our democracy in our lifetimes.” – Lt. Col. Shelton F. Leskford, U.S. Marine Corps in 2008.

2. “Freedom itself was attacked this morning by a faceless coward. Freedom will be defended!” — President George W. Bush, September 11, 2001

3. “We must not descend to the level of those who perpetrated Tuesday’s violence by targeting individuals based on their race, their religion, or their national origin. Such reports of violence and threats are in direct opposition to the very principles and laws of the United States and will not be tolerated.” –John Ashcroft, Attorney General

4. “I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love.” — Leo Buscaglia

5. “Whatever it is that I have lost (or must give up) I must grieve. If I do not do my grieving about the old hurts and insults, then, when I am faced with a here and now grief experience, I will end up having to dredge up all that old energy along with the current experience.” — Elaine Childs-Gowell

6. “September 11 is one of our worst days but it brought out the best in us. It unified us as a country and showed our charitable instincts and reminded us of what we stood for and stand for.” –Lamar Alexander

7. “The worst terrorist attack in American history also brought out the best in our country…We are United as Americans.” –President Barack Obama

8. “Even the smallest act of service, the simplest act of kindness, is a way to honor those we lost, a way to reclaim that spirity of unity that followed 9/11.” –President Barack Obama

9. “Remember the hours after Sept. 11 when we came together as one…It was the worst day we have ever seen, but it brought out the best in all of us.” – Then-Sen. John Kerry, D-Massachusetts, in 2004.

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6 years ago

My good friend Nicole was killed on the flight that crashed in PA. Devastating does not even begin to describe it.

6 years ago

I will never forget where I was and what I was doing on that terrible day. Today my thoughts are with the families who lost loved ones.